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10.01.2019

Mustang speaker looks to past to inspire tomorrow makers

Brett A. Reasner (left), dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, accepts a Ford Performance banner for campus display after introducing Clor.
Brett A. Reasner (left), dean of transportation and natural resources technologies, accepts a Ford Performance banner for campus display after introducing Clor.
"Everyone has a Mustang story," the speaker said, sharing a number of tales from the car's illustrious lineage.
“Everyone has a Mustang story,” the speaker said, sharing a number of tales from the car’s illustrious lineage.
In one of many cultural touchpoints featuring the Mustang, Farrah Fawcett sits atop a 1976 Cobra II during her "Charlie's Angels" years. (Others cited in the presentation include Steve McQueen's famed San Francisco car chase in 1968's "Bullitt.")
In one of many cultural touchpoints featuring the Mustang, Farrah Fawcett sits atop a 1976 Cobra II during her “Charlie’s Angels” years. (Others cited in the presentation include Steve McQueen’s famed San Francisco car chase in 1968’s “Bullitt.”)
 Clor enthusiastically recounts the automobile's life-altering place in American society, enabling the "free and unencumbered mobility to go where you want to go."
Clor enthusiastically recounts the automobile’s life-altering place in American society, enabling the “free and unencumbered mobility to go where you want to go.”
Students and faculty alike supplement the day's curriculum with an expert's perspective.
Students and faculty alike supplement the day’s curriculum with an expert’s perspective.

Students in Penn College’s automotive, collision repair and restoration majors were treated to a colorful recap of recent automotive history – and their role in the industry’s next chapter – during a Monday campus visit by an award-winning journalist and lifelong car enthusiast. John M. Clor, who manages a club outreach program for Ford Performance, recounted “55 Years of the Ford Mustang” during a presentation in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. Clor’s lively lecture took the audience through decades of “the most recognized car in the world,” contrasting its iconic beauty with that of less-popular competitors. “Anyone can build something for a minute,” he said, before sharing a slideshow of ill-advised vehicle designs that failed to similarly grab the public’s extended attention. “When you don’t have a heritage, you need a gimmick.” In addition to celebrating the enduring coolness of the Mustang, as distinguishable in its outline as a Coke bottle, Clor applauded the students for choosing their career paths. “Learning to do something with your hands makes all the difference in the world,” he said. “You’re the key to the future. Dream big and heritage is yours.”

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09.26.2019

Longtime automotive journalist to address ACC audience

John M. ClorVeteran journalist, author and marketer John M. Clor will share his comprehensive insight into the auto industry with the Penn College community during a presentation at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, in the Klump Academic Center Auditorium. A regular columnist for a number of publications, Clor will discuss the Ford Mustang’s role in the automaker’s production history and how design drives the public’s interest in cars. More on the speaker’s extensive background is available in his official bio: John M. Clor

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09.26.2019

Penn College among automotive exhibitors at UPMC’s ‘Autumn Fest’

Autumn Fest & Car ShowIn search of a traditional fall event to usher in the season? Join Penn College automotive restoration technology students for the Autumn Fest & Car Show at UPMC Susquehanna’s Divine Providence Campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29. Students are displaying a Ford Mustang body befitting this year’s celebration of the Mustang Club of North Central Pennsylvania’s 30th anniversary. Admission is $10, with proceeds benefiting UPMC’s Addiction Medicine Services. Among activities at the 1100 Grampian Boulevard event are food, raffles, craft vendors and a kids’ pumpkin patch.

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09.19.2019

First-year students trained on repair equipment in CAL

Maloney, a member of the college's Collision Repair Advisory Committee, gets up close and professional in his demo ...
Maloney, a member of the college’s Collision Repair Advisory Committee, gets up close and professional in his demo …
... before letting automotive restoration technology student Jim A. McCormick, of Pittsburgh, try his hand with the dent-repair equipment.
… before letting automotive restoration technology student Jim A. McCormick, of Pittsburgh, try his hand with the dent-repair equipment.
The sales rep also demonstrated a shop-friendly welding unit being considered for purchase.
The sales rep also demonstrated a shop-friendly welding unit being considered for purchase.

Students in instructor Shaun D. Hack’s Introduction to Non-Structural Collision Repair Applications class got a hands-on visit Thursday from Daniel L. Maloney Jr., national sales manager for Dent Fix Equipment. The industry guest showed freshman collision repair/automobile restoration majors how to use the Aluspot Deluxe DF-900DX aluminum dent-repair station donated last year and a new EZ Nitrogen Plastic Welder DF-EZN1 under consideration for College Avenue Labs.
Photos by alumna Vanessa Mathurin, toolroom attendant for collision repair

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09.17.2019

Corvette Club awards scholarships to two Penn College students

The Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club, which supports Pennsylvania College of Technology students through a pair of scholarship funds, recently honored two more beneficiaries of its generosity.

Students Jacob A. Dock, of Middleburg, enrolled in automotive restoration technology, and Chase T. Fritz, an automotive technology major from Athens, each will receive $2,500 during the 2019-20 school year as the latest recipients of club scholarships.

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09.05.2019

Student interaction among highlights of legislative visit

Stopping for a photo op at the Gold Rush Excavator are (from left) Everett, Gilmour, Cutler, Smeltz and Yaw.
Stopping for a photo op at the Gold Rush Excavator are (from left) Everett, Gilmour, Cutler, Smeltz and Yaw.
During his travels, Cutler enjoyed interactions with students who reside in or near his legislative district, including baking and pastry arts students Rebecca High (left), of Willow Street, and Alana L. LaPenta, of Lemoyne.
During his travels, Cutler enjoyed interactions with students who reside in or near his legislative district, including baking and pastry arts students Rebecca High (left), of Willow Street, and Alana L. LaPenta, of Lemoyne.
In the manufacturing lab, Cutler learns about the mechanics of BAJA team racing from students including John D. Kleinfelter (center in red shirt), a manufacturing engineering student from Lebanon.
In the manufacturing lab, Cutler learns about the mechanics of BAJA team racing from students including John D. Kleinfelter (center in red shirt), a manufacturing engineering student from Lebanon.
The tour winds its way through the new welding expansion. Cutler’s late father was a welder, so he held a keen interest in the facility and the skill.
The tour winds its way through the new welding expansion. Cutler’s late father was a welder, so he held a keen interest in the facility and the skill.
Back to his roots, Cutler visits the radiography lab to hear about advances in technologies from Christine L. Eckenrod, the college’s new director of radiography.
Back to his roots, Cutler visits the radiography lab to hear about advances in technologies from Christine L. Eckenrod, the college’s new director of radiography.

State Rep. Bryan Cutler (R-Lancaster), the second-highest ranking member of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives, visited Penn College on Thursday. Cutler, serving his first term as majority leader, was accompanied on the tour – which took in a number of instructional areas of main campus – by Jacob G. Smeltz, his chief of staff, as well as two members of the college’s board of directors: Sen. Gene Yaw, chair, and Rep. Garth Everett. President Davie Jane Gilmour and other members of the college administration (including Michael J. Reed, vice president for academic affairs and provost, and Patrick Marty, chief of staff) welcomed the guests, and various deans and faculty members led Cutler through The Victorian House, welding and metal fabrication, advanced manufacturing, automotive restoration, culinary arts and hospitality, plastics and polymer engineering, and several majors in the School of Nursing & Health Sciences. Cutler started his career in radiography, earning a certificate from Lancaster General School of Radiology. He worked as an X-ray technologist before earning a health care management degree from Lebanon Valley College and working as an administrator in his local hospital’s radiology department. He later earned a law degree, focused on health care law, from Widener Law School and has served in the Legislature since 2007. The day’s itinerary also included lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant and a chance to see the Gold Rush Excavator on a nearby parking lot.

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08.26.2019

College among regional assets touted for industrial visitors

Biddle leads visitors through the Thermoforming Center of Excellence.
Biddle leads visitors through the Thermoforming Center of Excellence.

Site selectors for business and industry, who arrived in Williamsport late last week for a four-day assessment of the region’s educational, health care and recreational attributes, visited Penn College on Monday. Led by a contingent of campus leaders, the guests toured plastics, automated manufacturing, welding, collision repair and automotive restoration labs, and enjoyed lunch at Le Jeune Chef Restaurant. Eyewitness News’ Morgan Parrish was among those accompanying the group, and – in a piece that led the evening’s 5:30 newscasts on WBRE/WYOU – interviewed Michael Quint, managing director at Newmark Knight Frank; Jared Grissinger, project manager for the Governor’s Action Team; and Jason Fink, president/CEO of the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce, for their perspective. Also included in the broadcast was footage of Elizabeth A. Biddle, director of corporate relations; David R. Cotner, dean of industrial, computing and engineering technologies; Shannon M. Munro, vice president for workforce development; and Spencer L. Cotner, of Muncy, a plastics and polymer engineering technology major and research assistant at the college’s Plastics Innovation & Resource Center. The visit, which began at the Little League Baseball World Series over the weekend, concludes with Tuesday stops at UPMC Susquehanna and Lycoming College.

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07.22.2019

Corvette club continues to benefit scholarship funds at Penn College

The Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club is steadfast in its support of Pennsylvania College of Technology.

The club, formed in 2003, has established two funds at the college over the years: a Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club Scholarship begun in 2014 and the Susquehanna Valley Corvette Club Foundation Endowed Scholarship initiated in 2018.

To continue its efforts in support of the scholarships at Penn College, the club is conducting a summerlong raffle to benefit those funds. Net proceeds from the raffle – for which the grand prize is the winner’s choice of a 2019 Chevy Silverado, a 2019 Corvette or $35,000 in cash – will go toward those scholarships.

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07.19.2019

Nationwide lends damaged vehicles for students’ benefit

A partnership with Nationwide Insurance Co. has resulted in the loan of six damaged vehicles to Pennsylvania College of Technology’s collision repair labs.

The seeds of the agreement were planted a year ago, when the college’s Collision Repair Advisory Committee discussed the shortage of late-model cars for students’ hands-on instruction. Committee member Brian A. Moore, a Nationwide claims manager, immediately recognized the need and strategized with colleagues on how to meet it.

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06.24.2019

From living space to makerspace, summer visitors have their hands full

A dozen residential Pre-College Programs and a daytime Creative Art Camp brought hundreds of young women and men to Penn College’s campuses in mid-June, providing hands-on entry to the myriad career opportunities reflected in the institution’s postsecondary curriculum. Keeping campers (and PCToday photographers) busy in recent days were these fun learning opportunities, some of which involved culminating projects: Architecture Odyssey, Autism Spectrum Post-Secondary Interest Experience (ASPIE), Automotive Restoration, Aviation, Building Construction (new this year), Creative Art Camp, Engineering, Future Restaurateurs, Graphic Design Summer Studio, Grow & Design Horticulture, Health Careers, Information Technology and SMART (Science and Math in Real-world Technologies) Girls.

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06.11.2019

Student-restored vehicle revered at high-profile venue

Pat Swigart rides in a 1947 Tucker prototype restored at Penn College ...
Pat Swigart rides in a 1947 Tucker prototype restored at Penn College …
... and joins her cherished campus partners after accepting an award in Hershey. With Swigart (from left) are automotive restoration students Adam J. Davis, of Doylestown, and Joshua E. Marr, of Shickshinny; and Robert K. Vlacich, assistant professor of automotive service.
… and joins her cherished campus partners after accepting an award in Hershey. With Swigart (from left) are automotive restoration students Adam J. Davis, of Doylestown, and Joshua E. Marr, of Shickshinny; and Robert K. Vlacich, assistant professor of automotive service.

Penn College students lent a practiced hand to the preservation of the “Tin Goose,” a 1947 precursor to the historically significant Tucker automobile, which was named “Best Post-War Vehicle” at this past weekend’s Concours d’Elegance in Hershey. The car is owned by the William E. Swigart Jr. Automobile Museum in Huntingdon and was entrusted to automotive restoration technology students by Pat Swigart – a gracious and grateful supporter of their work since soon after the major debuted in 2012. “Penn College is so happy to be able to work with her collection and thank her for her dedication to us,” the Classic Cruisers club said in a social media post. “The students who restored her car worked very hard … with this amazing historical vehicle. Thank you again to Ms. Swigart for her dedication and support of us.” Joined by faculty members Roy H. Klinger and Robert K. Vlacich, the group also assisted in vehicle repairs for several drivers in the Grand Ascent hill climb for vintage automobiles.
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05.20.2019

Allan Myers boosts annual scholarship commitment

Allan Myers Inc., a heavy civil construction and construction materials company operating throughout the Mid-Atlantic region, will contribute an additional $50,000 annually to a scholarship it established previously at Pennsylvania College of Technology.

Preference for the Allan Myers Scholarship is given to full-time Penn College students who are employees/family members of Allan Myers Inc.

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05.14.2019

Wide-ranging tour enlightens state Senate committee chairs

A bipartisan group of state legislators, all present for President Davie Jane Gilmour’s budget request to the Senate Appropriations Committee in February, got a follow-up look at Penn College during a trip to main campus on Tuesday. Touring a number of instructional labs with Sen. Gene Yaw (chairman of the college’s board of directors), administrators, faculty and staff were Sen. Art Haywood (D-Cheltenham), minority chair of the Health and Human Services Committee; Sen. Thomas H. Killion (R-Middletown), who chairs the Community, Economic and Recreational Development Committee; Sen. Daniel Laughlin (R-Erie), chair of the Game and Fisheries Committee; and Sen. Sharif Street (D-Philadelphia), minority chairman of the Banking and Insurance Committee. Along for the visit were H. Fred Walker, director of Erie County Technical School; Kendall Alexander, Haywood’s communications director; and three members of Street’s staff: policy assistant Micah Mahjoubian, legislative aide Angel Betancourt and special assistant Kenneth Carter. Some members of the Senate contingent, who collectively represent highly populated areas from Erie in the northwest to Philadelphia in the southeast corner of the commonwealth, also enjoyed lunch in Le Jeune Chef Restaurant.

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05.08.2019

Classic Cruisers club hosts show of vintage autos

Nick W. Soracco (right), an automotive restoration technology major from Oakwood, Ga., talks with an attendee about the student-restored 1947 Tucker prototype – back on campus after travels that have included a trip to Pebble Beach, Calif.
Nick W. Soracco (right), an automotive restoration technology major from Oakwood, Ga., talks with an attendee about the student-restored 1947 Tucker prototype – back on campus after travels that have included a trip to Pebble Beach, Calif.
The 1953 Verrill Wolf Wagon, restored to award-winning status by Penn College students, makes an appearance.
The 1953 Verrill Wolf Wagon, restored to award-winning status by Penn College students, makes an appearance.
The show makes room for vehicles that, while equally impressive, don't fit into a conventional parking space.
The show makes room for vehicles that, while equally impressive, don’t fit into a conventional parking space.
A 55-year-old beauty, open for inspection
A 55-year-old beauty, open for inspection
A true classic ... and in Wildcat Blue!
A true classic … and in Wildcat Blue!

Penn College Classic Cruisers, a student organization whose mission includes promoting interest in and preservation of vintage automobiles, did just that through a Saturday car show on the Carl Building Technologies Center parking lot. “We appreciated the support from everyone who showed up that day,” said club President Riley E. Mahl, of Easton, an automotive restoration technology student. About 50 people were on hand to appreciate the 25 vehicles displayed on the grounds; the gorgeous day included food, awards and giveaways, and optional tours of instructional labs.
Photos by J.J. Boettcher, student photographer

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04.19.2019

Students supplement lab work with Honda field trip

Students and faculty visit a pair of Honda facilities for an instructional helping of vehicular lore.
Students and faculty visit a pair of Honda facilities for an instructional helping of vehicular lore.
A jet engine is among the displays at the Honda Heritage Center.
A jet engine is among the displays at the Honda Heritage Center.
The group receives an overview of plant operations, from "rolled steel to driving car."
The group receives an overview of plant operations, from “rolled steel to driving car.”
In two years of American Le Mans Series competition, this Honda-powered ARX-03a Muscle Milk Racing car had an unmatched record of success.
In two years of American Le Mans Series competition, this Honda-powered ARX-03a Muscle Milk Racing car had an unmatched record of success.

Second-year collision repair majors and students in the automotive technology: Honda PACT program recently visited the Honda Heritage Center and Honda manufacturing facility in Marysville, Ohio, learning about the history of the Honda Motor Co. and its various technologies, as well as how the manufacturing process relates to their curriculum at Penn College. The Heritage Center, a museum showcasing the history of Honda manufacturing in the U.S., includes vehicles from motorcycles and ATVs to passenger cars, race vehicles and jet engines. It also features information about company founder Soichiro Honda, while the Honda manufacturing facility introduced students to vehicle manufacturing from its start as a coil of sheet metal to a finished product driving off the assembly line. The students were accompanied by Loren R. Bruckhart, collision repair instructor, and Joe A. Tavani, Honda PACT instructor. For more about the college’s automotive and collision repair majors, visit the School of Transportation & Natural Resources Technologies.
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